DUBAI DESIGN DISTRICT COMPANY SETUP

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Dubai Design District also known as (D3) is in the center of Dubai. D3 is one of the newer Dubai free zone options available to investors and companies. Dubai Design District is regulated by Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority.
Launched in 2013, the ethos and vision behind D3 were to craft and build a hub that would emerge local talent and provide a platform for creative thinkers. D3 has been developed through careful consultation with the design community to provide a creative ecosystem that surpasses the expectations of a typical creative neighborhood. D3 forges the inspiring, authentic, and relevant ideas shaping Dubai’s future as a leading destination of design, art, and culture.
D3 is now recognized as a global design and fashion hub with great potential for the luxury fashion and interior design industry. D3 is home to many companies from startups to multinationals, small local boutique design studios to major fashion houses. The Design District is near to Downtown Dubai and close to Dubai Mall, the largest shopping mall in Dubai. This free zone promotes up and coming brands in fashion, retail and luxury (all of which is in great demand in Dubai and the UAE).

Core Sectors: Deals with companies related to digital media, arts, design, and fashion.

Recommended for: Fashion and design-related activities, companies large and small, from local boutique design studios to prestigious global fashion houses.

  • 100% foreign ownership
  • Special licensing for design and fashion with freelance permits for artists and designers
  • Ideal free zone for startup design freelancers
  • Zero percent personal income tax
  • Zero percent tax rate on income and profits for a period of 50 years from inception
  • No currency restrictions
  • Strategic location, close to Business Bay, Downtown Dubai, Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa
  • No limit on capital repatriation
  • Special freelance permit for designers and artists
  • Professional (Service)
  • Industrial
  • Commercial and General Trading
  • Freelance Permit
  • Warehouses
  • Serviced offices, virtual and flexi desks
  • Retail outlets

Dubai Design District is typically preferred by foreign investors that wish to have 100% ownership. The business licenses available include:

  • Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ LLC)
  • Branch of an existing UAE or foreign company
  • Freelance permit
  • Company registration and licensing application form
  • Profile details of shareholder(s)
  • Passport copies and specimen signature of each director and general manager
  • Board resolution for creating a free zone entity
  • Detailed business plan
  • Proof of share capital requirement
  • All other free documentation to be completed at the time of business setup

We will guide you through every step to get your D3 business setup and your company bank account opened as soon as possible.

  • Step 1. Expert consultation
  • Step 2. Select company type
  • Step 3. Prepare company registration
  • Step 4. Select and lease business location
  • Step 5. Receive business license
  • Step 6. Complete corporate bank account opening
  • Step 7. Finalize UAE residency visa

 

D3 BUSINESS SET UP MODEL

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Select Company Type

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Prepare Company Registration

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Select and Lease Business Location

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Receive Business License

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Corporate Bank Account Opening

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Finalize UAE Residency Visa

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Dubai Design District
  • D3
  • Dubai Design District
  • Special licensing for design and fashion with freelance permits for artists and designers
  • Starting from AED 50,000 up to AED 100,000
  • 2-4 weeks
  • Tax and duty exemption
  • Not required however, recommended as best practice to maintain proper books of accounts

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0% PERSONAL AND CORPORATE INCOME TAX

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STRATEGIC LOCATION

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100% BUSINESS OWNERSHIP & CAPITAL REPATRIATION

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LIVE AND WORK IN ONE VIBRANT COMMUNITY

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THRIVING BUSINESS CENTRE

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DUBAI DESIGN DISTRICT (D3) FREEZONE FAQS

The initial expenses to register a company in Dubai Design District (D3) freezone include license, registration fees and office lease. Contact Creation Business Consultants on email info@creationbc.com or call +971 4 878 6240 for an expert consult to discuss your D3 company setup requirements, understanding the process and fees.

The facilities in Dubai Design District (D3) are innovative stores, showrooms, galleries, restaurants, and boutiques. D3 can assist individuals wishing to develop unique and adaptable places that incorporate everything from art and event venues to stores and co-working spaces to provide a unique retail experience.

Contact Creation Business Consultants for your D3 company setup consultation, email info@creationbc.com or call +971 4 878 6240.

It normally takes seven working days for a company setup in Dubai Design District (D3) once all paperwork and funds are submitted, which may be divided into two phases:

  • Initial application approval, which takes circa four working days to complete
  • Issuing the license, which takes circa three working days to complete

Note the timeframes are estimated and will vary according to authority approval, company license, structure, and business facilities etc.

For an expert consultation to register your D3 company contact Creation Business Consultants via email info@creationbc.com or call +971 4 878 6240 today.

Once your Dubai Design District (D3) freezone license and company immigration processes are completed the next step is to start visa processing. A D3 company must complete the Establishment Card application to further process visa related services. Email us at info@creationbc.com or call +971 4 878 6240 for more information on completing investor and employee visas under your D3 company. 

Dubai Design District (D3) freezone company license options are commercial, service, manufacturing, and freelancer permit.

For expert advice on opening an entity or expanding your business to D3, contact Creation Business Consultants on email info@creationbc.com or call +971 4 878 6240.

The available amenities in Dubai Design District (D3) are innovative stores, showrooms, galleries, restaurants, and boutiques. Dubai Design District can assist individuals wishing to develop unique, adaptable places that incorporate everything from art and event venues to stores and co-working spaces to provide a unique retail experience.

Dubai Design District (D3) allows foreign investors to incorporate a company by selecting from a wide range of activities related to sales and marketing, modelling agency, image consultancy, fashion exhibition, architectural design, graphic design, studio space, art gallery and more. Contact Creation Business Consultants for your Dubai Design District company setup consultation, email info@creationbc.com or call +971 4 878 6240.

The main changes that can be made to a Dubai Design District (D3) company are company name, share capital, share transfer, financial year, activity, and manager or director or secretary. Should you wish to make any changes to your D3 company reach out to our structuring team and will discuss your requirements email info@creationbc.com or call +971 4 878 6240.

The renewal fees and process of a Dubai Design District (D3) company will vary depending on the structure, business activity, and office premises etc.
For more information on Dubai Design District (D3) company renewal, contact Creation Business Consultants on email info@creationbc.com or call +971 4 878 6240.

For UAE resident visas in Dubai Design District (D3), the visa fee will vary depending on the type of application (inside the country application or outside the country application). Note that additional fees for the medical test, Emirates ID registration and health insurance are applicable. Contact Creation Business Consultants for a free consultation and quotation for your D3 visa processing email info@creationbc.com or call +971 4 878 6240 and a member of our visa team will be in touch soon.

The Dubai Design District (D3) license permits operating your business within the freezone territory D3 only and internationally. Conducting business in other Emirates is only possible by taking a dual license under Law 13, setting up a branch of your D3 company or using a third-party agent. To explore your options for operating your D3 company outside of its free zone to other Emirates reach out on email info@creationbc.com or call +971 4 878 6240.

The one-of-a-kind communal areas at Dubai Design District (D3) are ideal for individuals who want to move or simply stay motionless for a while. Everything from the busy nightlife to the athletic fields has an unexpected twist to make you reconsider the ordinary in D3.

No, you must have a company registered in Dubai Design District (D3) to be licensed and able to operate your business.

Contact Creation Business Consultants to get a quotation for your Dubai Design District (D3) license processing via email info@creationbc.com or call +971 4 878 6240.

Yes, it is feasible to own multiple businesses within Dubai Design District (D3), subject to the Rules and Regulations of Dubai Development Authority (DDA).

Yes, it is possible to transfer your license from another freezone in the UAE to Dubai Design District (D3), subject to Dubai Development Authority (DDA) approvals. For more information on company transfer and re-domiciliation contact Creation Business Consultants structuring team via email on info@creationbc.com or call +971 4 878 6240.

Yes, it is required that the company license is linked to the office address within Dubai Design District (D3). We offer a free no commitment consultation where we will discuss how to get a license and office space that is suitable for you in D3 free zone. Email  info@creationbc.com or call +971 4 878 6240 to reserve place with our leading business consultants today.

No, Dubai Development Authority (DDA) processes Dubai Design District (D3) licenses while Department of Economic Development processes DED mainland licenses. 

Timeframes will vary for all entity setups. However, it normally takes an estimated seven working days to set up a business at Dubai Design District (D3) once all the relevant paperwork and funds are submitted to our team. The company registration is divided into two phases:

  • Stage 1: Initial application approval, which takes circa four working days
  • Stage 2: Issuing the license, which takes circa three working days

For assistance in setting up your Dubai Design District company, contact Creation Business Consultants on email info@creationbc.com or call +971 4 878 6240.

It takes only five (5) steps to obtain a company license at Dubai Design District (D3).

  • Step 1: Contact Creation Business Consultants for your expert business development consultation
  • Step 2: Sign company setup proposal and make payment 
  • Step 3: Complete on-boarding meeting with Creation Operations team to discuss documentation requirements and timeframe
  • Step 4: Submit the required legal documents for company registration and lease confirmation, sign the Articles of Association document
  • Step 5: Company license is issued, and you are ready to get visas and company bank account opened

For more guidance on processing your Dubai Design District (D3) license, reach out on email info@creationbc.com or call +971 4 878 6240.

Dubai Design District (D3) is governed by Dubai Development Authority (DDA).

Dubai Design District (D3) features a dual license system, allowing entities established in Dubai Design District (D3) to apply for two licenses which are:

  • Freezone license (Issued by Dubai Development Department – DDA) – to operate within Dubai Design District (D3) only
  • Mainland license (issued by Dubai Economic Department (DED) Development Authority) – To operate in Dubai mainland

To know more about your Dubai Design District (D3) company license, contact Creation Business Consultants on email info@creationbc.com or call +971 4 878 6240.

Yes, the Dubai Design District (D3) zone is operational 24/7, however, each company has its’ own working hours.

Dubai Design District (D3) is in the centre of the city, with excellent access to both land and marine transportation such as RTA buses and maritime transportation available. All taxi, Uber and Careem services are available.

No. Dubai Design District (D3) is not offshore and is a free zone located in central Dubai. D3 is a quick 5–10-minute drive to The Dubai Mall. The Dubai Mall is one of the largest shopping malls in in the world. 

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